The weather report warned of a hard freeze. That meant I needed to bring in the potted plants that sit on the front porch all year long. So, I spread an old towel on the tile in the entry way and got to the task.
The first three plants came along easily and willingly. The last one was not so easy or willing.
The troublesome plant had several long shoots that ran across the porch and up the wall of the house. Every shoot had little “fingers” that clung to the concrete and the bricks. I gently worked to loosen the clinging fingers of each shoot so I could bring the plant inside and protect it from the cold.
When I had freed what I thought was the last clinging shoot, I picked up the pot and turned to take it inside. But one shoot still clung to the brick. After two steps toward the door I felt a pull then a release. That stubborn shoot clung tighter to the wall than it did to the vine.
Now, broken off from the main vine, it dangled from the brick. Severed from it’s source of life. All I could do was pry it away from the brick and toss it into the garbage.
Too often we are like that stubborn shoot, clinging to anything and everything except our source of life. We trust in jobs, our bank accounts, or other people. We seek satisfaction in things or relationships. We long for success and popularity and power.
But only God can quench the thirsty soul (Psalm 63:1). His love is better than life itself (Psalm 63:3). He alone is worthy of praise and worship.
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63:1-3, 7-8, NIV
Sweet believer, we can’t cling to the things of this world and go with God. Either we follow Him and leave the world behind. Or we cling to the world and miss out on the satisfying, intimate relationship God offers. Only God is cling worthy.
What are you clinging to today? What do you need to let go of so you can cling to God?